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DIA 2019 is Designated as a "Patients Included" Event!

We’re proud to announce that the DIA 2019 Global Annual Meeting is designated as a "Patients Included" meeting!

Patients IncludedThis means that we are committed to incorporating the experience of patients as experts in living with their condition while ensuring they are neither excluded nor exploited.

For more information, visit the Patients Included website.

DIA and the Global Annual Meeting Program Committee have assessed that the program successfully meets all five of the Patients Included charter clauses:

Patients or caregivers with experience relevant to the conference’s central theme actively participate in the design and planning of the event, including the selection of themes, topics, and speakers.

  • The DIA 2019 program agenda has been structured to incorporate the patient perspective within a dedicated Patient Engagement Track. The Program Committee includes patient representatives, who have responsibility for building the Patient Engagement track, advising on appropriate inclusion of patient perspectives in sessions throughout all 13 educational tracks, and serving as resources to identify qualified patient speakers.

Patients or caregivers with experience of the issues addressed by the event participate in its delivery, and appear in its physical audience. 

  • Patients and patient partners with experience or interest in furthering the impact of their involvement in medical product development are featured as speakers, panelists, and discussants throughout the program.
  • The Patient Partners speaker initiative assists the Program Committee and session developers with finding the right patient/patient partner to speak in the program.

Travel and accommodation expenses for patients or carers participating in the advertised program are paid in full, in advance. Scholarships are provided by the meeting organizers to allow patients or carers affected by the relevant issues to attend as delegates.

  • As speakers, patients invited to speak in sessions will receive a speaker support package to include: registration, travel (when booked through DIA’s travel agent), hotel accommodation (room and tax, when booked through DIA’s housing partner), and per diem for additional expenses. The number of hotel nights and per diem days will depend on the number of speaking assignments (on average up to 2-4 nights are covered by DIA). Registration, travel, and hotel are paid in advance.
  • DIA facilitates the attendance of patients or patient partners at the DIA 2019 Global Annual Meeting through the Patient Scholars program. Both full and partial (for local attendees) scholarships are available. The deadline to submit is March 22.
  • In addition, DIA 2019 offers a special registration fee for patients and patient organization representatives of $250 if registered by June 6. After June 6, the standard patient registration rate of $400 will apply. Access the Patient Registration Form.

The disability requirements of participants are accommodated. All applicable sessions, breakouts, ancillary meetings, and other program elements are open to patient delegates. 

  • DIA 2019 will be held at the San Diego Convention Center, 111 W Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA. The facility features accessible entrances, registration and open areas, meeting rooms, parking, and provides assistive devices. In addition to the Convention Center, DIA has reserved sleeping room blocks at special conference rates in hotels surrounding the convention center. A complete list of hotels can be viewed here. For specific questions, please contact the hotel directly.

Access for virtual participants is facilitated, with free streaming video provided online wherever possible. 

  • The hashtag #DIA2019 will be actively promoted prior to and during the event across social media platforms so participants, as well as those unable to attend the event, can join the conversation and discuss presentations and key takeaways.
  • DIA will post speaker presentations to the DIA website prior to the conference and for six months after the conference for viewing and downloading by attendees.
  • DIA is exploring the possibilities of audio-recording key panel discussions for wider distribution post conference.

If you have any questions, please contact us at or 1.888.257.6457

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